Now a new study out of the University of South Australia suggest that vitamin D may be helpful in dealing with one of the potential and painful side effects of Chemotherapy — inflammation and ulcers in the digestive track.
Chemo is one of the tools used in fighting cancer and the study authors also noted that vitamin D may “strengthen anti-cancer drugs.”
According to an article on StudyFinds:
“We already know that vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium, but new findings suggest it may also play an important role in chemotherapy-induced intestinal mucositis,” says PhD student and lead study author Cyan Sylvester in a release.
“The severity and progression of various gastrointestinal diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome and colorectal cancer, is associated with Vitamin D deficiency. It appears that Vitamin D helps suppress inflammation and enhances the function of T-cells which boosts immunity.”